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"Maybe it would be for the best. Lessen his suffering. And mine too. Either way, this...

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"Maybe it would be for the best. Lessen his suffering. And mine too. Either way, this much had become clear: One of us had to go." What does this quotation say about Amir's character and feelings in The Kite Runner?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Amir is trying to justify his plan to get rid of Hassan during the party in Chapter 9: He will claim that his birthday watch is stolen and then plant it, along with some money, under Hassan's mattress. Hassan will be blamed and shamed and then fired by Baba, Amir tells himself. He reasons that life will be better for both boys if they are apart. But Amir has simply sunken to a lower depth of deceit. He has betrayed Hassan once and he decides to do so again. His plan is based on his own best interests, not Hassan's, and he fails to fully consider what will happen to Ali and Hassan should they leave Baba's home. Amir shows none of the strong character traits of his father; instead, Amir is dishonest, elitist, self-serving and beset by a jealousy of Hassan that seems to overwhelm him. It is Amir's guilty conscience that rules his actions, believing that "One of us had to go" because Hassan's appearance would serve as a daily reminder to Amir's transgressions against him. 

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